CHARLIE DICKINSON, US Fire Administration
Chief Dickinson and Mr. Burchesky first became acquainted in 1992 when Mr. Burchesky was producing emergency procedure programs. Chief Dickinson was, at the time, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, Fire Chief. Chief Dickinson was later appointed as Deputy Administrator by President Bush with USFA. As Administrator, Chief Dickinson managed all day-to-day operations of the USFA's National Emergency Training Center facility and oversaw all projects and programs of the USFA and FEMA leadership. Charlie is our go-to guy with answers to a myriad of procedure issues.
FIRE SERVICE WORK HISTORY 1962-2008
Chief Dickinson began his 46-year fire service career as a firefighter in 1962 in the City of Hayward, California, Fire Department. Rising through the ranks, he was promoted to Battalion Chief in 1981 and served for three years (1983-86) in the Hayward Fire Department as the city's Emergency Services Coordinator.
In 1986, Chief Dickinson was appointed as an Assistant Fire Chief of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bureau of Fire. As an Assistant Chief, managed the Operations Division and the Training Division. In September of 1988, he was appointed to the position the Fire Chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire and served in that capacity for 10 years before retiring from the Bureau in 1999. As Fire Chief, he was responsible for operations, and training, for both FIRE and EMS response within the bureau, as well as all Fire Prevention activity's, through a work force of firefighters, officers and staff of 875 and 32 fire stations
Throughout his career, Chief Dickinson has served on numerous committees and projects for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other national organizations. He has also been a frequent instructor in the Command and Control Curriculum at USFA's National Fire Academy.
A sampling of career highlights as Deputy United States Fire Administrator:
Following Hurricane Katrina with its devastating impact on the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) requested of the U. S. Fire Administration assistance to plan for their recovery and reconstitution. Chief Dickinson directed this effort which resulted in the establishment of a cooperative agreement with the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The process involved a facilitated process with a small group of nationally recognized experts providing technical recommendations and planning assistance to NOFD.
Chief Dickinson continues to volunteer his time by working with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to remember fallen firefighters and their family survivors supporting the NFFF funding as the National Golf Coordinator for 39 Local Fund Raising Tournaments during 2010 for the NFFF. Chief Dickinson continues to speak at national conferences and conventions on subjects such as Fire Incident Command Operations and Prevention Programs.
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